These are the lines for a few select UK football games this year, as set by Golden Nugget in some (really early) Vegas odds.
at South Carolina: +23.5
at Georgia: +29
That four-game stretch of UL-UF-USC-BAMA in the early going is going to be brutal for the Cats (a combined 87.5-point underdog).
UK may not win any of them, but I think it's important to be competitive in at least two. It may not change their record, but for this year's team it helps maintain confidence heading into the back end of the schedule (where ground can be made up with more winnable games) and it helps maintain confidence for future recruits (because, while it may not be a W, they get to see UK at least hang in there with these big programs in Stoops' first year).